Alberta and Northwest Conference has established a Conference-wide licensing agreement to provide a special rate for Congregations wishing to show movies as part of the activities and programs they provide.
Becoming a member of this agreement means that you are not breaking copyright laws when you show movies as part of congregational programming. This is a joint license with Criterion Pictures and Audio-Ciné Films. The studios represented by these two companies should cover virtually any film you would want to show.
We have reached an agreement which means that churches, even those with small membership, can purchase a license without the cost of a huge licensing fee. The annual fee for both companies to cover Congregations within Alberta and Northwest Conference is $1.35 per person (plus GST), based on average Sunday attendance as reported to the 2016 Year Book of The United Church of Canada. For example, if you reported an average attendance of 100 people in worship, your annual fee will be $135.00 + GST per year, and you will be licensed to rent any movie and show it legally without breaking the copyright laws.
The license will be in effect from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, and can be renewed annually.
The Conference Office administers the agreement to help keep costs low. Just think of the ways that you can use movies in your Congregation: movie clips in worship or sermon; summer movie nights outside; movie nights for the community; Church School; Youth Ministry, etc.
Once you have discussed this proposal with the appropriate committee(s) of your Congregation, 2018 Video Licensing Poster and Renewal Form and return it to the Alberta and Northwest Conference Office with your cheque. By returning your application before December 31, 2017, you can take advantage of your license during all of 2018. You may apply any time up until March 31, 2018 but the fees will not be prorated and all contracts will end December 31, 2018. Please note that applications received after March 31, 2018 will be returned.
We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to purchase the license, and be blessed by new possibilities to enhance ministry in your Congregation.
Click here for the 2018 Video Licensing Poster and Renewal Form.